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'DWTS:' Michael Sam Eliminated Even After Emotional Routine

Michael Sam may have been eliminated from this week's "Dancing with the Stars," but the emotional story behind his routine had people in tears.

Michael was the first openly gay football player to be drafted to the NFL just last year, and he said coming out cost him his relationship with his father.

"I was, I was hurt. I called him and I said, 'You lost another son again, by what you said.' And I haven't talked to him since," said Michael Sam on "Dancing With the Stars."

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 16: NFL player Michael Sam attends ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars' season premiere at HYDE Sunset: Kitchen + Cocktails on March 16, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - ABC announced the 'Dancing with the Stars' 10th anniversary celebrity cast and professional pairings live on 'Good Morning America,' TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24. 'Dancing with the Stars' premieres live on MONDAY, MARCH 16 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on ABC. (Photo by Todd Wawrychuk/ABC via Getty Images) REDFOO, EMMA SLATER, KYM JOHNSON, ROBERT HERJAVEC, RUMER WILLIS, VALENTIN CHMERKOVSKIY, TONY DOVOLANI, SUZANNE SOMERS, NOAH GALLOWAY, SHARNA BURGESS, MARK BALLAS, WILLOW SHIELDS, WITNEY CARSON, MICHAEL SAM, PETA MURGATROYD, ALLISON HOLKER, RIKER LYNCH, PATTI LABELLE, ARTEM CHIGVINTSEV CHARLOTTE MCKINNEY, KEO MOTSEPE
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2003' - The shirts came off when Latin Night returned to 'Dancing with the Stars' on MONDAY, MARCH 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The evening kicked off with a steamy opening number choreographed by Mandy Moore and the eleven remaining celebrities debut a new dance style, on what's always the hottest night of the season. The couples performed a variety of Latin dances such as the Samba, Rumba, Salsa, Argentine Tango, Paso Doble and Cha Cha as they competed for America's vote. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) PETA MURGATROYD, MICHAEL SAM
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2003' - The shirts came off when Latin Night returned to 'Dancing with the Stars' on MONDAY, MARCH 30 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The evening kicked off with a steamy opening number choreographed by Mandy Moore and the eleven remaining celebrities debut a new dance style, on what's always the hottest night of the season. The couples performed a variety of Latin dances such as the Samba, Rumba, Salsa, Argentine Tango, Paso Doble and Cha Cha as they competed for America's vote. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) MICHAEL SAM, PETA MURGATROYD
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2002' - It was #myjammonday this week on 'Dancing with the Stars.' Celebrity couples danced to their favorite jams on MONDAY, MARCH 23 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Each couple performed a variety of dances including the Cha Cha, Salsa, Rumba, and Argentine Tango vying for America's vote. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) TOM BERGERON, PETA MURGATROYD, MICHAEL SAM
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2001' -- 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with an all-new celebrity cast who hit the ballroom for the special 10th Anniversary season. The competition began with the live two-hour season premiere, MONDAY, MARCH 16 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2001' -- 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with an all-new celebrity cast who hit the ballroom for the special 10th Anniversary season. The competition began with the live two-hour season premiere, MONDAY, MARCH 16 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2001' -- 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with an all-new celebrity cast who hit the ballroom for the special 10th Anniversary season. The competition began with the live two-hour season premiere, MONDAY, MARCH 16 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2001' -- 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with an all-new celebrity cast who hit the ballroom for the special 10th Anniversary season. The competition began with the live two-hour season premiere, MONDAY, MARCH 16 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2001' -- 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with an all-new celebrity cast who hit the ballroom for the special 10th Anniversary season. The competition began with the live two-hour season premiere, MONDAY, MARCH 16 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2001' -- 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with an all-new celebrity cast who hit the ballroom for the special 10th Anniversary season. The competition began with the live two-hour season premiere, MONDAY, MARCH 16 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2001' -- 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with an all-new celebrity cast who hit the ballroom for the special 10th Anniversary season. The competition began with the live two-hour season premiere, MONDAY, MARCH 16 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2001' -- 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with an all-new celebrity cast who hit the ballroom for the special 10th Anniversary season. The competition began with the live two-hour season premiere, MONDAY, MARCH 16 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2001' -- 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with an all-new celebrity cast who hit the ballroom for the special 10th Anniversary season. The competition began with the live two-hour season premiere, MONDAY, MARCH 16 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2001' -- 'Dancing with the Stars' is back with an all-new celebrity cast who hit the ballroom for the special 10th Anniversary season. The competition began with the live two-hour season premiere, MONDAY, MARCH 16 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2002' - It was #myjammonday this week on 'Dancing with the Stars.' Celebrity couples danced to their favorite jams on MONDAY, MARCH 23 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Each couple performed a variety of dances including the Cha Cha, Salsa, Rumba, and Argentine Tango vying for America's vote. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) ALAN BERSTEN, MICHAEL SAM, HENRY BYALIKOV, SASHA FARBER
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2002' - It was #myjammonday this week on 'Dancing with the Stars.' Celebrity couples danced to their favorite jams on MONDAY, MARCH 23 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Each couple performed a variety of dances including the Cha Cha, Salsa, Rumba, and Argentine Tango vying for America's vote. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) MICHAEL SAM, PETA MURGATROYD
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His dance Monday night embodied the emotions he felt when he decided to no longer include his father in his life after he publicly made anti-gay comments.

"Skin, I'm not my father's son."

TVLine said Michael brought "serious skill" and "remarkable vulnerability" to his routine this week, but it just wasn't enough to save him from his previous performances.

But while The Wall Street Journal called the episode "memorable," they were lukewarm about Michael's routines throughout the entire competition.

"Michael often had a pasted-on smile, and it seemed he never could allow himself to have fun. In fact, he was more alive and relaxed giving his farewell speech than he ever was dancing. 'Tis a shame, for the partnership with Peta had promise."

And BuddyTV said that Michael's routine had them in tears, but his dance last week was "horrible," so it was the "right decision" to eliminate him. Ouch.

So what's next for Michael? After being waived from two NFL teams, the defensive end player is currently a free agent trying to find his next opportunity in the league.

As long as it isn't the Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, amiright?

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